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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., commended the Mountain States Lamb and Wool Cooperative (MSLWC) today on a partnership that he hopes will open new markets for lamb producers.

The MSLWC has joined B. Rosen & Sons, Inc., a leading lamb supplier, to form Mountain States/ Rosen, LLC, a limited liability corporation.

Under the agreement, the MSLWC will supply lambs to Rosen processing and distribution facilities in Greeley, Colo., and New York, in effect securing the cooperative's control of the product from the time it is produced to when it reaches the consumer.

Enzi, who has worked extensively with the MSLWC, said the group has been negotiating with various entities to attain contracts that will provide markets for lamb meat and wool products. Enzi helped organize the cooperative which was formed in 2000 as a producer-owned and controlled agriculture cooperative that focuses on the production and marketing of lamb and wool.

"I congratulate the Mountain States Lamb and Wool Cooperative on their most recent move to vertically integrate and partner with Rosen's processing and distributing capabilities," said Enzi. "I know that one of the greatest difficulties for cooperatives is building infrastructure. I am hopeful that by partnering with existing infrastructure and experience the cooperative can continue to grow from a solid base."

Enzi said the cooperative approach can empower producers.

"Cooperatives are a method to gather producer's market power into one force," said Enzi. "I will continue to support this cooperative as its members work to support themselves and their industry."

For further information please contact Bryce Reece with the MSLWC at 307-265-5250.